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Morris Kestelman ground plan

  • Object:

    Ground plan

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed)

  • Date:

    1944 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Printed ink on paper with pencil annotation

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sara Kestelman

  • Museum number:

    S.2090-2014

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ground plan by Morris Kestelman (1905-1998) was for the Old Vic Theatre Company's production of Richard III at the New Theatre, London, in September 1944. Directed by John Burrell with costumes designed by Doris Zinkeisen, this wartime production has a legendary ring to it today, starring great British actors - Laurence Olivier as Richard, Ralph Richardson as Richmond and Sybil Thorndike as Margaret. Critics of the day praised the production, and one described the 'sombre pictures' created by the settings as 'grimly effective'.

Physical description

Ink on paper ground plan of the New Theatre, London with set design for William Shakespeare's Richard III, 1944, designed by Morris Kestelman

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed)

Date

1944 (designed)

Artist/maker

Kestelman, Morris, born 1905 - died 1988 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Printed ink on paper with pencil annotation

Marks and inscriptions

'FIREMAN CARPENTER / BRIDGE / STAIRS / HEIGHT OF GRID FROM HERE TO BACK WALL 44' 2" / STAIRS / CYC. / CYC. / DIP GROUND ROWS / ROW C / CIRCULAR STAIRS LIGHT BATTEN / DIP / DIP / DOORS TO DRESSING ROOMS / HEIGHT UNDER / FLY FLOOR 23' 2' / LIGHT BATTEN / FLY RAIL / GRID 51'10" / GRID 51' 10" / HEIGHT UNDER / FLY FLOOR 23' 2' / DIP / BEAM HEIGHT 51' 0" / 3 / LIGHT BATTEN / DIP / DOOR / FRONT OF GRID / DIP / SETTING LINE / FRONT OF GRID / DIP / SETTING LINE / CARPET CUT / SAFETY CURTAIN / PERCH / 3' PLATFORM / 15 / ROSTRUM / FOOTLIGHTS / DOOR / ORCHESTRA PIT / STALL'
On front side in black ink

Dimensions

Height: 88 cm, Width: 85.8 cm

Descriptive line

Ground plan for the New Theatre by Morris Kestelman with set design for William Shakespeare's Richard III, 13 September1944

Materials

Ink; Pencil; Paper

Techniques

Drawing (image-making)

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Designs

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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